Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Week in London - The Sequel

 
 
 


10 things I've learned on my London holiday:

1. The British are the masters of design.
We've seen so many designs that were fun and cool.

2. Londoners love the sun! The parks on sunny days 
were so crowded you could hardly see the grass.

3. You should never ever go to a Farmers' Markets after lunch.
There are so many delicious things to try, if you bring an appetite.

4. The British Museum is fuddy duddy no more!
They have cool tours and let you touch almost every exhibit. Just ask.

5. For a fab bookstore look no further than Waterstone on Gower St.
Who knew that a chain-store could be so whimsical and welcoming?

6. You couldn't get lost on a London bus if you tried.
Their info system is great. And it is more fun on the top floor.

7. Plenty of rain = amazing gardens. The Queen's garden in Regent Park 
is a masterpiece but we liked the intimacy of smaller gardens even more.

8. If you're looking for a funky neighborhood - try Shoreditch;
for an ethnic experience with wonderful energy - Brixton Village Market.

9. Even a visitor can feel British for a day. We messed about in boats.
We had picnic on a train. We had to hurry to get out of the rain.

10. The people who invented the Tardis now have phone booths
with wi-fi on every street. Beat that if you can.


Tomorrow and for the whole of next week I'll be in France
I'll miss you all

80 comments:

  1. I loved your off the beaten path tour of London, and the names of the cupcakes were so cute. xoxo Su

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  2. Love your photos. I know you had a blast

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  3. I can see that you had a wonderful tour of London. I love the park and every photo is lovely.

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  4. The flower pot cake, now there is baking if ever I saw it! I have spent many happy hours in Waterstone Picadilly. Massive bookstore in a beautiful art deco building and full of great books. Anyhow seeing your great pictures makes me want to go to London soon! Enjoy La France! Anna x

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    1. If you look closely at the photo, the wall behind it is made entirely out of cake :-)

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  5. Very nice pictures. I didn't know that the British were the masters of the design. I didn't know that you could touch things in the British museum either. It seems a great place to visit. xoxo

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    1. They let me hold a delicate china cup from the 17th century. I was a bit nervous.

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  6. A great tour of London, you obviously enjoyed it.

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  7. Oh my Gosh! Now you are in France?!! Lucky you! Have a fantastic time!
    I love your selection of photos and must make a mental note of the things you recommended!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Maya! I came home, did the laundry and left again. At least that's what it felt like.

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  8. Sooo enjoyed this little tour of London and will look forward to seeing some of your adventures in France!! Enjoy, Amalia!! blessings ~ tanna

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  9. Aww love your pictures Amalia look amazing!
    I always enjoy London's pictures !!
    Love the cupcskes and this cake in a pot!
    xo

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  10. I have a photo of an elderly couple in a London park, enjoying a sunny nap. You found some fun and funky treasures there. Thank you for the sequel. JOY be yours in France!

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    1. There is something special about a park bench. You make it your own for as long as you like.

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  11. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the tour of London through your eyes! You have an eye for artistic detail, that brings out the heart of the moment! Each little scene tells a story, and I was glad to "follow' along with you! Certainly love seeing the fun memories you were making as you made your way through London. Now... can't wait to see France! Have fun!

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    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you so much dear Mountain Top :-)

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  12. Oh my! What's not to love! The bookstore with children's books and toys is fabulous. Makes me want to curl up on the window seat. Have fun this week too my friend! Hugs, Diane

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    1. I can report that we spent a very cozy hour there, but brought books over from another department :-)

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  13. Wonderful tour - I enjoyed your photos very much! That little cake in the garden is enchanting....xo Karen

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    1. The cake was part of a special presentation. I have more photos, I think I should do a post on it.

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  14. Oh my goodness! I dream of visiting London some day! Gorgeous photos...and the flowers, and the cupcakes! :) Thank you for your visit on my blog! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thank you for visiting me, Jen. Your blog is lovely.

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  15. I love your fun photos, Amalia...looking forward to seeing your views of France! Have fun!

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  16. Thank you for taking us to London with you through your pictures!

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  17. I was hoping that you'd show more photos; fun to see! :)

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  18. I was hoping that you'd show more photos; fun to see! :)

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  19. Well I'm a very traditional sort of person so some of the whimsy was lost on me; however, that piece of cake was wonderful. I thought how miserably crowded the park looked. Looking forward to seeing France via your lens. Have a splendid time! (That list was an inspired way of getting a lot of fun information on the page.)

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  20. What a great selection of photo's, ... enjoy your time in France.

    All the best Jan

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  21. What a great selection of photo's, ... enjoy your time in France.

    All the best Jan

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  22. Great insight and info on a great country. Not sure I will ever get there but it is great to see and know these great facts.

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  23. Wow Amalia I loved looking at your pretty photos and sounds like you had an amazing time there! Have a wonderful time in France!
    Julie co

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  24. Beautiful photos!
    Want to follow on pinterest?:)

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  25. Great photos and I love reading about what you learned. The potted plant cake is a neat idea!

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  26. You are a little Travelista~
    I love seeing people's takes on their visits..So much pretty and cool here Amalia..Have Le Fun In Frace:)

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  27. beautiful blooming trees. the cake! wow!

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  28. Hi Amalia, what wonderful pics from your London holiday. Love reading your tips too. That cake is incredible.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, CM

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  29. Cakes, flowers and books !!! Paradise !!!
    Enjoy the day or evening !
    Anna

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  30. Very beautiful post! You have a very interesting blog!
    Would you like us to follow eachother on GFC and keep in touch?
    xo from Italy,
    Sonia Verardo
    http://www.trenchcollection.com/

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  31. Unbeatable English peopleI I am absolutely in love with London and so pleased to see your pictures and read your text! I would add among thousands of wonderful places to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum and its fantastic tea room. Now I am waiting to see what will be your opinion about France and French people...

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    1. Absolutely! The Victoria & Albert is one of my favorite places. Their tea room is so elegant and they have the best scones. I adore scones.

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  32. London is a treasure-trove of interesting places, and it looks like you've had a fascinating visit. Glad you had fun!
    Cathy x

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  33. Sounds like you are having a fabulous time, I really enjoyed England when we lived there for 4 years, even more than Paris, enjoy the rest of your trip :-)

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  34. How fun! I bet the gardens were gorgeous!!

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  35. Oh, have a wonderful time!!!!!!!!!!!!! And take lots of pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. I love number 10!! So fun. My boys love Dr. Who.
    I would enjoy the gardens. I will be looking forward to France. :-)
    Carla
    P.S. This was a great post. :-) I loved it.

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    1. Thank you Carla. I love the good doctor myself.

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  37. What a wonderful collection of unique London vistas. Fun, fun, fun.

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  38. Oh Amalia, what a delightful time! It is a dream of mine to someday visit London :) I loved the flower post cake - how unique!

    Hugs to you!

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  39. I have always wanted to visit London and now I want to even more. It looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  40. We have one of those old school desks at home! I love reading your list of 10 things you learned, you're right as soon as the sun comes out people hit the parks! I am going to look out for those wifi tardis...
    I'm following you around the world as will be in France next week too!
    Wren x

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  41. London must be such a fun place to visit! I really enjoyed seeing your photos. Have a wonderful time in France!

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  42. Lovely photos. Those cupcakes look scrumptious. What a beautiful visit!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  43. You make me want to visit London again!

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  44. ♬♪ه° ·.

    Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.

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  45. I wish you a great week. I am not sure what is Tardis. xoxo

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    1. It is the space ship of Dr. Who (a TV series) and it looks like a public phone booth but is bigger on the inside.

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  46. I haven't been to London in years, but truly enjoyed your photos, as well as your list on what you've learned!

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  47. Amalia, these pictures are so cool and just wonderful. That flower pot cake is too funny. I loved the children's book section and those cupcakes, oh my! Thank you for sharing a bit of London with us. I can't wait to see France.

    ~Sheri

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  48. Lovely pictures and such an interesting post! Enjoy your time in France!
    Helen xox

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  49. I loved your photos, especially Mr Darcy with what looks like a Rothmans kingsize dangling from his lips! Hilarious!
    Londoners love the sun because they rarely see it! So envious of you having a trip to France and can't wait to see those photos, although not long now till I go. x

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  50. Wow! Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing those.

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  51. Ohmygosh. I love London. I'm going to have a 3-day stopover in September and your photos are already making me sorry that the trip won't be longer!!!

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    1. What a nice comment! But now I'm a bit envious because there were a few more things on my list and three days would do me nicely :-)

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  52. Another fabulous post with amazing photos. Glad you had a great time - I could travel for a living but have never been to London - looks like I am missing out!

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    1. I love traveling, but there is also nothing like that moment when you open the door and you are home :-)

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  53. What gorgeous photos again, love those blossoms and the cakes are making my mouth water. It sounds, and looks, like you picked perfect, interesting places to visit.

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  54. My dream place to visit, Amalia! Your pictures look wonderful. It looks like May is a good time to visit. One day I'll get there!

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    1. I hope you do! It is a great city at any season but even more so in the spring.

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  55. Another super set of photos. Waterstones is hard to beat, we took our children on their visit to Oxford about 2 years ago and we couldn't get them out of Waterstones!!
    Caz xx

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    1. It was quite difficult to tear me away as well, especially when they have a coffee shop in-house :-)

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  56. Your post brings to mind that it has been far too long since I was in London! Love this list too!

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  57. I love that I get to visit places I'll never see through the eyes of a blogger. You are a good tour guide! Some things you showed were what I would expect to find in London and others were a surprise. The display of objects from a Madonna picture to a quaint bust to decorative tin that appear to be on the street, high on a shelf, is a curiosity, isn't it? And I love the classic book decked out as pulp fiction--"Lock up your daughters, Darcy's in town." So campy!

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    1. I spotted that colorful shelf in the African-Caribbean market in Brixton. That was a new experience for me and completely wonderful, full of color and energy. The campy Mr. Darcy just made me laugh.

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